Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, Feb. 10-16, 2014
Last week’s top five articles included articles about planned maintenance, Legionella, Schneider and Invensys, industrial internet, and millennials in the workforce. Here they are:
- 2014 Maintenance Study: Planned maintenance leads to uptime, safety, productivity
The merits of a planned maintenance program are clear to the plant manager who must find it and keep it on task, according to Plant Engineering’s 2014 Maintenance Study. More than 60% of survey respondents said a planned maintenance program can decrease downtime, improve safety, and reduce the probability of production failure.
- The fight against Legionella
The first major outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease occurred in July of 1976 at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. The source of the outbreak was cooling tower water infected with high concentrations of Legionella that became airborne on wind currents. The airborne bacteria were inhaled by a number of convention participants. In the end, 130 convention attendees were hospitalized with pneumonia-like symptoms, resulting in 25 fatalities.
- Schneider Electric completes acquisition of Invensys
Schneider Electric announced today that it completed its acquisition of Invensys PLC, a global automation player with a large installed base and a strong software presence. The deal previously was reported to be a $5 billion transaction.
- AT&T Mobility and GE: Industrial Internet
Meredith Powers, M2M, manufacturing and healthcare, advanced mobility solutions marketing; and Mike Waitley, M2M Center of Excellence, explained how AT&T and GE are working together to advance the Industrial Internet.
- 2014 ARC Industry Forum: Executive panel on millennials in the workforce
Industry-leading executives from Siemens, BASF, Emerson, Dow Chemical, and Comau Body Welding tackled an industry-wide challenge: attracting future engineers.
The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on www.plantengineering.com, Feb. 10-16, 2014.
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